Picnic at Kahana Valley State Park
Sure, you could go to a fancy restaurant for lunch, but you’re in Hawaii – why not pack a lunch and enjoy a picnic in one of the most beautiful state parks in the country? Head to Kahana Valley State Park, also known as Ahupua?a ?O Kahana State Park, in Honolulu to experience this scenic wildland valley. There’s lots to do here, such as swimming, bodysurfing, picnicking, sun bathing and camping. The park spans more than 5,200 acres, offering a gorgeous natural way to spend the day. Check out what you can do:
Bring your picnic lunch with you and enjoy it at Coconut Grove. There are tables and portable toilets if you should need them, or bring a blanket and spread out on the grass.
There are two main trails here: Kapa’ele’ele Trail and Nakoa Trail. These trails are both great for beginning and moderate hikers, although they can get a bit muddy when it rains. You don’t need a permit and you can get a trail map at the Orientation Center. The Kapa’ele’ele Ko’a and Keaniani Lookout Trail, a one-mile loop trail, starts at the Orientation Center and will take you an hour to do, passing through two cultural sites and with breathtaking views of Kahana Bay. Nakoa Trail, so-named for the koa trees that dot the 2.5 mile loop trail, will take you through a lush tropical rain forest. It will take you about two hours to complete this hike, the trailhead of which can be reached via the main road in the valley. Good news is you can do some fruit picking in season, and witness the calm serenity of the Kahana Stream.
Here, you’ll find many facilities to help you enjoy your outing at the park. You’ll have access to:
• Boat Ramp
• Picnic table
• Trash Cans
• Water Fountain
When you’re done with your picnic, you can engage in a variety of activities here, such as:
• Pig hunting
• Camping (10 sites available)
The park is open during daylight hours. Beach area: open from April 1 to Labor Day from 7 a.m. to 7:45 p.m., after Labor Day to March 31 from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. The Coconut Grove area is open from 7 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. as well. There is no fee to get into the park. It’s easy to spend a whole day here, so be sure to bring enough food, water and sunscreen.
Call Hoku Hawaii Tours for excursions that can complement your stay in Oahu.